Alleged bomb maker fails to show up to court

WHEATFIELD, N.Y. (WIVB) — A man accused of making bombs in his stepfather’s garage has been ordered to show up to court on Wednesday after failing to appear on Tuesday.

The defense for Michael O’Neill, a Wheatfield man, says they did not have enough time to prepare written waivers for O’Neill’s appearance in court. A judge conditionally would have waived the Tuesday hearing if O’Neill was still hospitalized, but he recently left the hospital and is in custody at the Chautauqua County Jail.

O’Neill was hospitalized after an explosion in July forced the amputation of part of his leg. Police say a bomb O’Neill was making exploded on him, sparking police investigation and the response of the Erie County Sheriff’s Office Bomb Squad.

The investigation led to a federal grand jury’s decision to indict O’Neill on charges of making and unlawfully possessing a destructive device.

At an order of a judge, O’Neill will appear on Wednesday at 10 a.m. in U.S. District Court to be arraigned.

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